Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) sent us some samples for review including part of their Summer lineup. We decided to start off reviewing Porch Rocker, which is Boston Beer’s take on a radler. This is a Helles lager with a blend of lemons intended to recreate the radler (beer with lemonade) concept.
Poured into a glass, the aroma is predominately lemonade with a hint of bread. Taking the first sip, you can taste the lemonade and immediately perceive Porch Rocker as a shandy more than a radler. Clean and crisp, this is a refreshing beer for hot summer days although it is a little too sweet to down more than one or two at a time.
As with most Samuel Adams beers, Porch Rocker is pretty thin and simple in the flavor department. This is a tasty enough beer however nothing exciting. On a hot summer day, this would be a decent refreshment choice. If you are a human that enjoys American shandies, then you should be able to enjoy Porch Rocker.
Editor’s Note: We stated “American shandy” due to the fact that in America, shandies are made with a beer and lemonade versus the UK where “lemonade” actually refers to lemon soda, a la Sprite.